Cougars shut out Lions by 1-0, remain unbeaten Fallston to meet Parkside in final Field hockey

November 09, 1993|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Unbeaten and No. 3-ranked Fallston made good on its only real scoring opportunity of the afternoon and a stubborn defense made the goal stand up for a 1-0 victory over Liberty in their Class 2A state semifinal match at Goucher College yesterday.

The win sends Fallston (13-0-2) into Saturday's 2 p.m. championship game against Parkside, a 2-1 winner over Pikesville, in the other 2A semifinal.

Senior Pam Gauss came out of a crowd in front of the cage to get the Fallston goal, her sixth of the season. It came with 5 minutes, 43 seconds elapsed.

Otherwise, Liberty had much the better of the play with aggressive offense and a defense that kept the Cougars pretty much in their own end.

Liberty started out as though it -- not Fallston -- was the top seed, as it charged into the offensive end and kept the ball there in the early minutes.

One good scoring opportunity got away when the ball rolled across the front of the goal, but there was no one there to deflect it home.

The first time Fallston got its passing game going, it moved into the circle and came away with a penalty corner.

Sophomore goalkeeper Heather Carter kicked out one shot, but Fallston's Nicole Taylor managed to put her stick on the ball, and got it to Katie Wirth on the far side of the goal.

"We were all jammed up in there, the goalie came out and I just went around her," Gauss said of her goal. "It all happened so fast, it's hard to remember."

It will be harder for Liberty to forget, because it did everything but score. Still, as coach Courtney Vaughn said, "If you can't put the ball in the net, you're not going to win. We couldn't put the ball in."

It was a problem the Lions (9-6) had encountered during the regular season, too, as three of their five losses were by 1-0.

For the game, Fallston took five shots (all in the first half) and Liberty four. Carter had three saves and her counterpart, Jeny Smith, two (one in each half).

It was her 12th straight shutout, 14th overall, as only Francis Scott Key was able to score on her, getting a 2-2 tie. For the year, the Cougars have outscored the opposition, 32-2.

"You can't give up a goal in the playoffs and expect to win," said Fallston coach Alice Puckett. When teams get this far, they are usually fairly evenly matched and one goal is usually decisive.

"I thought they dominated the game," Puckett said. "They were able to control the ball and [defensively] shut down our right side. We'd go toward the middle, but then when we got the ball ahead, there was no one there to get it.

"We're usually better in the middle, but we did nothing this time."

Senior back Amy Bauersfeld acknowledged Liberty's quick start, but added that, "After we scored, it got easier."

"We definitely outplayed them," Vaughn said. "We just couldn't get the ball inside the circle."

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